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... At 10 am, the auspicious time, a priest takes a torch and lights coconut husks for cooking fires. Each woman has a clay or metal pot raised above the street on bricks. The coconut husk fire heats the water and they make a dish for an offering to the goddess which is Shivas wife. They whole purpose is to give thanks for whatever blessings you are greatful for. It is over 90 degrees, humid and the air is filled ...
... The Taj group is supposed to be good. They had a pool and they assured us that the workmen would be finished drilling by the time we got there. That turned out to be a lie, and the hotel was **** and so were the staff. So, after 2 failed attempts to make Varkala work, we've sampled the Keralan food and are going to get the next flight out of here.
Goa tomorrow...hopefully it will better
love, Chris and Celia xx
... the rope to the middle of the beach, where now both 'teams' of men were standing only about 10 meters apart. As the net got closer and closer to coming in, they were growing excited, chanting loudly and pulling much harder. I was half expecting a whale to be brought in with the amount of force they were putting in to each pull. Finally the men brought the net in, and by this stage, a crowd had gathered. As they brought the net on to the sand I could not ...
It was a hot sunny day so we spent it on the beach. Varkala sea is very choppy so we started the day off with some wave jumping! We were sucked under a few times but it was fun. Luke then did an hours surfing, coming back battered and bruised! We had to go back to The Little Tibet again for the dumplings, trying fish ones this time. And guess what.....we went back for dinner in the evening! There are so many restaurants in Varkala but this ...
... to his humble home to share a meal and meet his wife and children. We learned while we were there that we were the first Western / white people ever to have been invited to his home. It was an honor for us and a very humbling experience indeed.
I will leave the telling of the rest of the stories from Varkala Beach to the photos. Suffice it to say that Varkala has now replaced Sri Lanka's Mirissa Beach as my new best beach in the world. It's intense ...